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56 minutes | May 3, 2017
SELF/EGO: How a SOUL Gets Made
We all need two things on the journey to being ourselves: Difference and Connection. How we find these things can make all the difference in the spiritual and emotional health by which we live. This week on the WordCAST we head back into the Origins material of Genesis; this Chapter 4. With a deep, intellectually-honest and fresh look at Cain and Abel, we not only find these characters in their historical setting like never before, but we also are able to see their archetypal importance for who we become every day. We all either come into the world like Abel or come into the world like Cain. The journey we take along the way tells us what we worship, where our home is and whether our soul is being built for wandering or rest. This rocket fuel for understanding soul-making is at the heart of this week's WordCAST.
60 minutes | May 3, 2017
You've Got No SOUL; You Are One
Central to heart of why I started the WordCAST was a vision of having honest an whole-person discussions about what makes us who we are. As a progeny and a product of the self-help/self-regard project of the late 20th century, I have lived and seen in dramatic ways the danger and attraction of the belief that our highest ideal as humans is to self-acceptance.The ancients called this work of personhood SOUL-MAKING. And for good reason. The soul, as the central seat of uniqueness and personality is the ever-forming, ever-evolving face of our unique identities. How that frame of our identity forms, why we're so darn confused about it, and what to do in the interim, is the heart of this multi-part series on SOUL.
56 minutes | Apr 22, 2017
TOUCH: What Moves the Story Forward
Religious circles are prone to discussing the importance of Jesus' miracles. Many of them use these massive events as a proof that He was God. But the stories themselves do nothing of the sort. They doing something BETTER. The miracle of Jesus is that He waltzed into real life, and engaged in the experiences of real lives and transformed them forever. Where far too little work has been done is HOW. Until now. This week's WordCAST explores the power in a miracle and what we can all learn in the process.We have been running from our physical lives for all of these years, what happens when we return to embodied living? Does our soul come alive in the process? I think you'll be enthralled with the answer. I think, as you'll hear in this week's WordCAST, you may just see the very FACE of GOD.
54 minutes | Apr 2, 2017
Intro to Experience: What We're Made For
Meaning. The search for it is embedded in everything we do. From how we raise our families, to who we choose to love, to the professions we engage in to the churches whose doors we shadow. Whether we are overt about it or it all runs subterraneously, meaning is one of the great searches of our lives. What are we made for? Episode 1.10 of the WordCAST dramatically reframes the question. Pulling us from the steep flights of fancy that imagine that we need a sense of higher calling, our fantastical existence, the search for what we're made for calls from the dust of mortality itself, the days and hours in which we live, the cells of our very bodies. In this Episode:A contrasted call between our mediated lives and the life of Jesus who embodied perfect rest and perfect purpose all at once.A reflection on Walt Whitman's famous poem: O Me! O Life! which will take you far beyond the story of Dead Poets Society for which its known.A study of Psalm 139, which puts it back in its rightful place. Separating it from the squishy feelgood bites that have ruined it, we return it to David's voice, where it trembles with fear, wonder, flight and fight, and in the end, humility and a call for God to embody the mundaneness of our days.
61 minutes | Mar 4, 2017
GRACE: Living in Love
I created THIRTYSIXWORDS to have a forum in which to bring is back to the old wisdom. As the Way of Jesus has been modernized, marketed, dissected and over-simplified in the western tradition, we have a faith system full of words that have lost all of their old meanings. Perhaps pinnacle of these is this week's word: GRACE.This week's WordCAST goes straight for the jugular of what we think God is up to, by looking at one of God's most confused and misused messengers: the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans. By taking the risk to imagine that God's infinite perfect love, the essence of the Trinity imparted on humans is the big story of Grace, and by daring to believe that the way that we might have known this is only the beginning, we enter into a drama that is as old as humanity itself. And is equally ripe for a renovation of New Life. This is one WORD by which we will know or not know all the others. Download the Handout for Episode 1.9
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2017
ALTARS: What is Wrong with the World?
Every day in the world, we we work, scheme, engage, punish, hide, fear and wrestle for hope. And despite all of our talking, fighting, finger-pointing and pontificating, we have very little to say about what is really wrong with the world and what to do about it. Thankfully, the ancient wisdom still holds. Join us in a deep exploration of human purpose and human lostness and the love story at the center of it all.This week the WordCAST continues our February exploration on LOVE with a deep dive into the question of human striving and suffering. What is it that we have sought to LOVE and what is it that has loved us? And why does it matter? The questions we ask determine the answers we get. This week explore the Jewish Genesis myth with new hope and new belief as it accelerates us down the road on The Search for Us: A Journey into the Heart and Back Out Again.
58 minutes | Feb 16, 2017
FAMILY: The Love We Knew & Didn't
You are who you are in the context of the loves you’ve known and are knowing. We cannot say this with a greater level of seriousness. This is why the New Testament, in announcing the inauguration of God’s New Creation, draws all our attention on LOVE as the fabric of existence. Because Love is the plane on which our souls, bodies, hearts and minds connect with the objects of their affections. It’s how we find each other and are found. It is the heart of the search for Us. And our first sense of this network, this blanket of relations which stretches across time and space was our family. In this deep and reflective episode of the WordCAST:A reminder of why relationships matter so much and why we can't get rid of them, no matter how hard we try (a little quantum physics on the side.)The story of Hannah, clash of her sense of family and how a surrender to a deeper relation changed everythingA step-by-step guide into breaking down and prayerfully engaging your family tree. A new view in the power of love to reframe our sense of who we are
57 minutes | Feb 11, 2017
What's Love Worth?
To love something is to give it worth and to be made worthy by it. Relationships make us and relationships break us. And it is time that we attended to them as something more than just one more thing on our self-improvement campaigns. Our LOVES are the conduit system that runs through a person. It vents values, feelings, connection, knowledge and perception into and out of the heart, mind and soul. Translating human interaction into meaning and translating meaning into human interaction. What we love tells us what is worthy of attention and that attention informs our sense of self, sense of the world, even our sense of universal questions about God and the problem of evil. Quantum physics has even revealed that the identity of a thing is really just the sum of its relationships: so it is with love: we are what we love and what loves us.On this week's WordCAST:A thoughtful exploration of our cultural ideas of love and what it says about our heartsA reflection on two familiar Gospel stories which are really one, and what we find when we see them side-by-sideAnother deep glimpse into Jesus' view of Love and how it reveals and transforms what we think we're worth.The Practice of the "AND": How to transform any experience into a reflection on deep love
54 minutes | Feb 2, 2017
CAUSE: The Question of Making a Difference
We live in an Age of Passion. From the pet causes of celebrities, the peppering of messages on social media, to the real injustices that are stirring hearts and minds... we have never lived in an age where we had more access to more information on how to make the world a better place. But why doesn't it work? Or work better?If you've ever wondered how to swim through the sea of all the potential causes to get behind and also how to engage differently to really make a difference, this week's WordCAST is for you. The Podcast this week includes:A reflection on our Age of Passion and why we're all so stinking fired upA remarkable glance through ancient wisdom that completely changes our view of making a difference.And a look at the 5 Stages of Difference Making, how to recognize them and how to move them when you find your heart broken for what breaks the world.
59 minutes | Jan 26, 2017
CONFLICT: The World is Wide Enough
In the most revolutionary content yet in The Search for Us, Episode 1.4 dives us head first into some of the most prescient issues of our age. Our ability to deal with each other, our unintended bias toward offense, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, an introduction to the practices from the Jesus Way which send us deep into our heart. This one's a special one. I hope you'll enjoy and share.This episode includes:A deep look at how and why we are so easily offendedA view into Jesus' intentions for conflict Why the answers you think you'll get from God are probably not the answers you'll getA revolutionary view of Jesus' most famous sermon and why it matters so much for todayAnd a reflection tool for finding unlimited love at our moments of most rigid defense
57 minutes | Jan 17, 2017
IMAGE: What Are We Trying to Prove?
An open door awaits us to let go of living by expectations. Enter in.It's time to pay attention, 2017. Not to the headlines, not to the social media feeds but to our own impulses, goals and dreams. The common logic is that if you believe it you can achieve it. But at what cost? And is "IT" even worth what you'll pay? This year, before things get too out of hand, let's start down the road of price-shopping our dreams and understanding that their are two channels to life, one that leads to proving and one that leads to living. The Jesus Way is remarkably clear which side of ledger it lands on... now it's up to us to decide. This week's WordCAST includes:A look at goals and why they sometimes harm us rather than help usA deep dive into Paul's letter to the Galatians and what he means by "it is for freedom that we have been set free."On MLK week, a doubling-down on Dr. King's legacy of open doors and a unified family for all people.AND... (as always) a practical framework for decision making, how do you know when to say yes to an opportunity.All this week!
45 minutes | Jan 11, 2017
Introduction to Agency
What are we made for? - It all starts with Purpose2017 rushes forward with a foundational question that drives every decision we make. If we don't know what makes a great life, and collectively what our presence on the world is for, we're going to get lost along the way, caught up in the powerful forces of governments, communities, corporate cultures and broken family histories. But WE DON'T HAVE TO. This week's content includes content includes:A real-life example on how the cultures we've lived in are making decisions for us. Can we break free and find connection?A look at Genesis' creation story like you've not experienced it. See for the first time how the endless debates on human origins have distracted us from the text's true purpose.A view into why we say EVERY LIVE SPEAKS and how its the foundation for every decision we make about each other and ourselves.AND... (as always) a risky invitation to start writing new stories in 2017. You won't want to miss it. Download the Episode 1.2 Handout FYI - Episode 1.2 had a few audio issues, but we didn't want to delay it any further. Hope you enjoy!
57 minutes | Jan 2, 2017
Frames of Identity
How do you make a life and legacy? - A New Kind of New YearThe opening session of the 2017 WordCast jumps in with both feet. This week's podcast is the essential launch to The Search for Us. This content includes:Tools for reflection on a New Year: How do you come attentive to what really creates growth and transformation?A deep dive into Christianity and Judaism's central prayer and what it means for living a life of purpose.A view into the frames of identity which will drive all our discussion for 2017.AND... a call for a singular new kind of resolution; one with potentially rich and lasting effects. Frames of Identity PDF (referenced during the podcast)
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